New year, new resolutions?
The ringing in of a new year inspires many of us to start in style with the best intentions to eat well and exercise more. But how many of us consider our pets’ waistlines at the same time?
A study undertaken by the Pet Food Manufacturer’s Association in 2019 revealed that from research conducted among 8000 households, an alarming 51% of dogs and 44% of cats were overweight or obese. So good resolutions for improved diet and increased fitness would be very helpful for our furry friends too!
How’s your pet’s diet?
Your pet’s diet has a huge impact on their health and happiness; the wrong diet can lead to obesity and long term health issues. If your pet is already prone to putting on weight, it is worth considering a complete feed tailored to assist with weight loss whilst still providing correct levels of nutrition. We stock a comprehensive range of prescription diets, including those aimed at weight management, at all of our practices – pop in and speak to our team for further information.
How much should I feed my dog?
The type and amount of food a dog needs depends on their breed, type, health and lifestyle. For example, a working sheepdog needs much more energy than a small dog who spends most of the day indoors. If you are not sure, ask your vet or our Veterinary Client Support Team, who are on hand to offer support and assistance seven days a week.
How much exercise does my dog need?
Exercise is essential for all dogs – it helps keep them in shape but it’s really important for their mental health too. It’s so important that all dogs get a daily walk – how long they need depends on their age, breed and health but this graphic from the PDSA offers a good indication.
FREE weight check clinics
If you feel your cat or dog could do with losing a few pounds, or want to keep on top of their waistline before it gets too late, we are here to help!
Our Registered Veterinary Nurses have a wealth of experience and knowledge, not to mention higher qualifications in pet nutrition. Make an appointment to see one of our friendly team, who will weigh your dog and discuss a tailor-made weight loss plan with you – including regular opportunities to catch up and track progress.